A couple of months ago I photocopied Justin Trudeau’s message from his webpage justin.ca and mailed it to him with the admonition, “Write this over and over again until you say something useful.”
I recently received a letter in response. Here it is:
“Thank you very much for taking the time to write to me with your words of support and encouragement. Your feedback is essential for the Liberal Party of Canada as we continue our focus on the real concerns and priorities of Canadians.
“I believe it is important for politicians to reach out and engage with Canadians, and I am thankful for the confidence you have in my leadership.
“For too long there has been an increasing disconnect between the current government and Canadians, and I believe that it is important Canadians have an open and honest leadership that is focused on developing practical solutions that address problems directly.
“With hope and hard work, we can bring the values of optimism, fairness and transparency to politics and get Canadians feeling positive and excited about the state of politics in our country.
“Thank you once again for your letter. It is through such exchanges of ideas and opinions that I can best represent not only my constituents, but all Canadians.”
When his message ever appears useful I might develop a smidgen of confidence in his leadership. If only Dr. Ignatieff’s dad had been a prime minister!